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Dwight Howard, James Harden Pace Houston Rockets Past San Antonio Spurs

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA on Christmas Day continued with the San Antonio Spurs hosting the Houston Rockets in what could be one of the first meetings of a future rivalry.

A 40-point first quarter for the Rockets had the home-crowd silent, but the veterans pulled it back which should have been expected. Houston had a lead the whole way, but Manu Ginobili kept San Antonio close enough so they could attempt to pull it within grasp in the fourth quarter. James Harden wouldn’t be having that, however, as he dropped 16 points in the last quarter and 28 in total on an ankle that made him a game-time decision. Harden also had six rebounds and six assists.

Dwight Howard took his talents to H-Town in hopes to win his first NBA title with Harden and Chandler Parsons — who had 21 points, six rebounds, and six assists. And how could they not when they play like this against a solid team like San Antonio? Howard had 15 points and 20 rebounds in the win himself.

The three ball was what really carried Houston through this game, making 12-of-24, but their offense overall was great with a 52 percent shooting night. Their defense wasn’t too bad either holding the Spurs to about 41 percent shooting and only 25 percent from behind the arc.

Houston’s offense is undoubtedly very tough to contain, but they need to play solid defense more consistently in order to beat some of the other top tier teams of the NBA. There’s no doubt this will turn into one of the premier matchups in the league moving forward.